HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » Who Is Held to Account fo...

Sat Sep 8, 2012, 06:12 AM

Who Is Held to Account for Civilian Deaths by Drone in Yemen?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/09/07-2

Who Is Held to Account for Civilian Deaths by Drone in Yemen?
by Chris Woods
Published on Friday, September 7, 2012 by The Guardian/UK

When news flashed of an air strike on a vehicle in the Yemeni city of Radaa on Sunday afternoon, early claims that al-Qaida militants had died soon gave way to a more grisly reality.

At least 10 civilians had been killed, among them women and children. It was the worst loss of civilian life in Yemen's brutal internal war since May 2012. Somebody had messed up badly. But was the United States or Yemen responsible?

Local officials and eyewitnesses were clear enough. The Radaa attack was the work of a US drone a common enough event. Since May 2011, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has recorded up to 116 US drone strikes in Yemen, part of a broader covert war aimed at crushing Islamist militants. But of those attacks, only 39 have been confirmed by officials as the work of the US.

~snip~

In the aftermath of Sunday's disastrous air strike, relatives of the dead threatened to lay the corpses of the victims in front of the country's new president. And local activist Nasr Abdullah told CNN: "I would not be surprised if 100 tribesmen joined the lines of al-Qaida as a result of the latest drone mistake. This part of Yemen takes revenge very seriously." Civilian deaths risk undoing all that the United States is trying to achieve in Yemen and an absence of true accountability is making matters worse.

3 replies, 985 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 3 replies Author Time Post
Reply Who Is Held to Account for Civilian Deaths by Drone in Yemen? (Original post)
unhappycamper Sep 2012 OP
xchrom Sep 2012 #1
KG Sep 2012 #2
unhappycamper Sep 2012 #3

Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sat Sep 8, 2012, 06:14 AM

1. and it's going to get weirder when these things start being programmed

and have no human hand guiding them.

alice? i think we have stepped through the looking glass.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sat Sep 8, 2012, 06:20 AM

2. the prez sez anybody killed by a drone is a militant. so what's the problem here?

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Reply to this thread